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September 2010

Volume I, Issue 3

MBA MATTERS A Newsletter for the Central Florida LGBT Business Community

GOT PRIDE? Info You Need for the Best Come Out With Pride Experience!

WHAT’S INSIDE? MBA Social Pridols What the Prez Sez

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Chewing the Cud RED Testimonial Got Pride

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Bravo!For ForThornton ThorntonPark! Bravo! The Metropolitan Business Association September Networking/Social Mixer


Sept.1st 6:30-9pm

Thornton Park might become a new Bravo! reality TV show! Local gay guy Randy Ross & his 40-something friends have made the pilot. Meet Randy & his buddies! Get into what just may be the hot new TV show of the 2011 season.


Joanne McMahon 310 Lakeside, 301 E. Pine St.

owner of 310 Lakeside

(Capital Plaza, next to The Waverly)

Location: across from Lake Eola Park downtown. Park on Central Blvd. (FREE after 6 pm) or in the parking garage on Pine Street (not FREE)

Light hors d’oeuvres & cash bar FREE for MBA members; $10 for Guests


What the Prez Sez

Sleep Right. Eat Right, Sleep Right, Think Right, Exercise – Part Two. 51% of Americans are having trouble sleeping at night due to stress and anxiety. What are we stressed out about? Work, p r o b a b l y. T h a t , o r relationships. The consequences of not sleeping right continue to escalate our perception of life being unmanageable and out of control. The psychiatrist will tell you that you need Ambien (which has some dangerous side effects) or Xanax or Klonopin (to which you could become addicted) to fix your problem. But lack of sleep is your symptom; it is not your problem. The reason why people donʼt sleep is because they are anxious and worried about the today they canʼt leave behind, and the tomorrow that hasnʼt even happened yet. This results in a perceived lack of control,

MBA President Dr. David Baker-Hargrove

which is the primary cause of all anxiety and worry, which results in an inability to sleep. Restful sleep occurs when you tackle the problem, rather than the symptom. The best way to do this is to commit yourself to becoming a better problem-solver of your life…and get organized! I have found that being organized is the number one way to feel in control of my life. Through a commitment to organization, I know exactly what I have to do every day to complete the tasks of my professional occupation as psychotherapist, my role as president of MBA and Come

Practically Perfect Promotional Products Out With Pride, and the things I need to do to manage my home and keep my husband and dogs happy. As such, I am almost never late to meetings (my sessions begin on time 99.9% of the time), I do not forget to return phone calls or emails, and when someone asks me to do something, at a glance I can give them an honest answer about my ability to follow through. Commitment to organization helps me to identify daily what problems need to be solved and which ones take priority. Consequently, I become a better professional and a happier person. As a result, I rarely have problems with sleep like I did years ago. Of course, it is also important to commit to turning it off at night. There are a lot of techniques that can help a person relax and let it go. You have to remember that you are in charge of what you think. Problems are created at 3am, not solved. Commitment to organization and problem-solving will naturally lead to better, more restful sleep‌resulting in a better you!

With Pride, Dr. Dave

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Your Ad Here! Have your ad, web banner and logo grace MBA communications and reach thousands of LGBT business professionals throughout the year.

Contact our Marketing Director for more details: Jason Fox Holstein (407)-949-2111


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Chewing the Cud Use What You’ve Got Itʼs a simple concept. Take the things that you have and put them to use for you. Itʼs not about doing more things or different things. Itʼs about taking those resources you already have and using them to your utmost advantage. Iʼve also heard it called:

“Shake what your mama gave you.” But itʼs something that many people donʼt take advantage of. We neglect to use the exercise bike we purchase, the hot new outfit from that trendy store that never sheds its price tag and our MBA membership sits there not working for us. There are so many ways to stay connected to MBA, but itʼs one of those things that we neglect to do. Here are a few tips for you to be able to take full advantage of your membership in MBA:

1.Update your MBA information. ๏ Go to and search for yourself in our directory. ๏ Make sure that the information we have for you is accurate.

By Jason Fox Holstein

๏ Include a member discount that we can advertise on your behalf to help encourage business. ๏ If there are any changes you want to make, you can e-mail

2.Attend an event! ๏ Being listed on our directory is great. Itʼs a seal of approval to potential consumers that you are LGBT friendly, but itʼs when members regularly attend our networking events that they see the best results for their investment. ๏ By attending events you meet other MBA members and guests who are intent on using LGBT friendly businesses. What a great way to reach your target demographic!

3.Renew your MBA membership. ๏ Big things are happening in MBA. We have bigger and better networking events and a growing membership. A new web site and a new branding campaign are on the way in January. Now is the best time to renew at the most affordable rates! ๏ You can do it online! Using what youʼve got and taking advantage of all of the resources already available to you can grow your business without increasing your bottom line! 7

Upcoming Events Sep 1

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Sep 14

Sep 15

Sep 28


RED Group South 11:30 - 1 p.m. @ IKEA

MBA Networking Social 6:30 - 9 p.m. @ 310 Lakeside 301 E Pine Street

RED Group Central 11:30 - 1 p.m. @ The Center

RED Group South 11:30 - 1 p.m. @ IKEA

RED Group Central 11:30 - 1 p.m. @ The Center

2010 Board of Directors President Dr. David Baker-Hargrove BHC Assessment & Consulting Vice President Gina Duncan Wells Fargo Branch Manager Secretary Susanna Garcia Verizon Wireless Account Executive Treasurer Scott Pruitt Risk Transfer, LLC National Accounts Executive Business Development Director Mikael Audebert Marketing Director Jason Fox Holstein Foxy Cow Advertising & Marketing President Membership Director Ayr Poucher Walt Disney Travel Co. Sales Agent Programs Director Don Williams Watermark Account Executive Technology Director Troy Cochran Symantec Software, Sr. Principle Engineer Member-at-Large Jeff Buak Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer Attorneys-at-Law Partner Member-at-Large Nayte Carrick Carrick Marketing President Member-at-Large Rose Gamba CPA


What is RED Group? RED Group - Central Meets @ 11:30 a.m. @ The Center Second & Fourth Tuesdays: September 14 & 28 October 12 & 26 Contact Carolyn Taylor 407-704-9764

RED Group Director Jason Fox Holstein 407-949-2111

RED Group - South Meets @ 11:30 a.m. @ IKEA First & Third Wednesdays: September 1 & 15 October 6 & 20 Contact Mark Cady 407-404-4171


The Referral Exchange Development Group, affectionately known as RED Group, is a referral based networking organization that is dedicated to helping one another grow our business by creating relationships that most other networking organizations simply cannot provide. We achieve this through a concept called category exclusivity. This means that once you join, you are the only business allowed to represent your profession, essentially locking your competition out of the group. In an organization, like MBA, where there can be a number of companies in any given profession, having this exclusivity can be a distinct advantage in acquiring more business. By understanding other people始s businesses and how to pass referrals, we discover how to better communicate our own business needs to other people and inevitably see the results by the number of referrals that we close. Hence the motto... thinking RED will have your business seeing GREEN.

Thinking RED... ... and developing relationships with the member businesses in our RED Group has Good to Go Events seeing GREEN! In June 2010, I was attending an upcoming conference in which they had a display booth. Our company really wanted to stand-out as this was the first time presenting at this conference. I contacted Lisa Brown and Dawn Kallio of Bowled Over Promotions.

By Dana Plumtree Operations Manager Good to Go Event Management, Inc.

G2G believes it was this type of innovative thinking along with strategic relationships that has created a partnership with this organization to plan all of their upcoming quarterly conferences along with helping them grow to having a national conference. What excitement! Thank you MBA! Thank you RED! Thank you Lisa and Dawn!!!

I explained to them that I wanted something truly unique to hand out at this event….. something no one else would have. I explained what our booth/display concept was and could she give me some ideas that we could play off of that with. In short order I was forwarded some fantastic ideas for G2G to go with. Specifically, a brand new rubber vase was recently unveiled for promotional products. We ordered these vases and what a hit they were. This event catered to women and what woman doesn’t love flowers? Upon arriving to the conference, I noticed that many of the display tables were covered in white linen without any decoration whatsoever. I had brought fresh flowers to the conference for G2G’s booth design, but was able to convince those in charge at the conference to allow me to use my G2G logo-ed vases and the fresh flowers as centerpieces for all of the cocktail tables. 11

Got Pride? By Jason Fox Holstein “I’d love to show the rest of the world that we’re proud. Proud of our sexuality. Proud of who we are. Proud, whether we’re Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Straight,” a definitive statement made by Mikael Audebert, Executive Producer of Event Development for this year’s Come Out With Pride Parade. For all of the Parade regulars, there is one important change to note. The parade has flipped its route. “It’s the same route we’ve always used to circle Lake Eola, we’re just going counter clockwise this year,” Audebert said. The reason for this is that the new Amway Center opens on the same day and to ease traffic patterns, Rosalind Ave needs to reopen earlier than it usually does after a Pride Parade. The theme this year is 10-10-10: A Pride of Olympian Proportions. Falling on October 10, 2010, Come Out With Pride is paying homage to the Greek history of the Olympics as well as the many LGBT professional athletes who dot sports history. Although the theme takes a glimpse back at Gods & Goddesses from thousands of year ago, “we’re bringing Pride into the 21st century with some serious technological advancements,” Audebert said. “It’s going to be better than ever!”

LED screens, courtesy of Best Buy, will be set up in the park to broadcast what happens on the main stage to other areas in the park. XL 106.7 will do their show live from Lake Eola on Sunday. Another great new addition is that there will be entertainment on the main stage beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will continue for the rest of the day. In past years, there was a lull between the start of the parade and its conclusion. Now many local and regional performers will entertain the crowd throughout the afternoon including contestants from Orlando Pridols, a singing competition. Come Out with Pride is also bringing some major talent to the stage once again this year with famed singer Martha Wash of the Weather Girls and “It’s Raining Men.” “Itʼs Raining Men” Artist

Martha Wash

Pick up your Official Pride Guide. Available September 10th anywhere you can pick up a copy of Watermark. 12

Come Out With Pride Parade October 10, 2010 @ 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of events visit Following last year’s footsteps of Stuart Milk, the Pride Production team is bringing in another big name in Greg Louganis, the Olympic Gold Medalist Diver. Louganis won two Gold Medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and two more Gold Medals in 1988 in Seoul. Olympic Gold Medalist Diver

The Come Out With Pride Production Team

Greg Louganis

“Being involved with Come Out With Pride has really given me the opportunity to harness my own passion and my own pride. I love being able to work with a terrific staff of people with whom we can deliver a quality event that can hopefully motivate all attendees to live not just one day but 365 days with that same pride in who they are,” Audebert said.

If youʼre interested in having a vendor booth or float at this yearʼs Come Out With Pride: go to 13

MBA Matters - September 2010  

MBA Matters is the newsletter for the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando

MBA Matters - September 2010  

MBA Matters is the newsletter for the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando